Unfortunately we no longer live in a time when all children come from loving households. Some are abused and mistreated, and others are just neglected. But what are the signs that a teacher should look for. Following is a list of signs that teacher should look out for among their students.
1. The child constantly acts out. Usually a child who is very disruptive and class and constantly behaves badly is a sign that they are unhappy about something. It could be that they are still getting used to being in school, but it could also mean there is an underlying problem that they are trying to deal with.
2. They get very low grades. Some kids that experience difficulties at home sometimes get very low grades in school. It is not because they can not learn, but because they may be experience emotions that they do not know how to deal with. Although you should not jump to conclusion if a child is having difficult time learning, but as their teacher you will want to make a note of it.
3. They are frequently absent from school. Another sign that there is a problem is if they are constantly absent from school. If this begins to occur with one of your students you should take the time to speak with the parents and find out why they are constantly absent. There may be something that you can do to help.
4. You may notice that the student have very bad hygiene. This would mean that they constantly come to school in dirty clothing, and are always unclean. This is a very serious issue since it can affect the health of other students in your class.
5. They may have a hard time making friends. Some children who are having problems at home tend to isolate themselves and are not very social. They have a hard time communicating or even interacting with other children. Of course it is possible that they are just shy, but you will still want to keep an eye on them to make sure that it is not something more. Try talking to the parents to find out if this is just a matter of shyness.
When it comes to trying to find out if a child has a difficult home life, you will find that this is definitely a task that is much easier said than done. You want to make sure that you avoid jumping to any conclusions about a child. If you are not sure try talking to other teachers or the school principle to find out what you should do. Remember your main focus is to do what you feel is in the best interest of the child.